Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center
Biggest Investment Ever of Ohio Soybean Checkoff Dollars
Representatives in attendance at the Scotts Company for the announcement of OSU's $11.6 million grant through the Governor's Third Frontier program include (left to right): Dr. Stephen Myers, OBIC Director; Steve Slack, OARDC Director; Amy Sigg Davis, OSC Chairman and Warren County soybean farmer; John Lumpe, OSC Executive Director; Alex Kawczak, Battelle Vice President and Commercialization Manager; and Bobby Moser, OSU Dean of the College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.
Ohio soybean farmers, through checkoff-invested funds, have invested nearly $8 million over the years in the research and development of new uses for soybeans.
Essentially what OBIC will accomplish is using soybeans and corn to make industrial lubricants, additives, adhesives, coatings for fertilizers and other industrial, high quality specialty chemicals that the chemical industry is demanding, as well as creating jobs in Ohio.
OBIC is housed in research labs at OSU, Battelle and OSU's Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster and comes under the direction of Dr. Stephen Myers, former Department Chairman of OSU's Horticulture and Crop Science Department.
For more information, visit http://bioproducts.osu.edu .
"You have to give the Ohio Soybean Council a lot of credit because with their foresight in terms of creating these new markets and new uses for soybeans, moving into the industrial products market is really futuristic."
-- Bobby Moser
Dean of OSU's College of Food Agriculture
and Environmental Sciences